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Wineries Map Finally Ready for Prime Time

It’s ready!

For the last <insert number here> months I’ve been constructing a map of wineries in Israel using Google Maps. After many setbacks, including a few problems and delays by Google, the map is finally ready to use. Click on the picture of the map below or on this link to see the map in all its glory.

The idea behind the map is to make it easy to find which wineries are nearby whenever we wine enthusiasts are gallivanting around the country, and to provide contact information at the same time. Each winery has a place marker on the map showing its location. Just click on a place marker, either on the map or on the list at the left, to see contact information. Clicking on the Directions link in a winery’s information box will bring up GPS coordinates on the left and you can even get directions courtesy of Google Maps. Markers with a dot in them are pretty accurate, but those without a dot are approximate, and sometimes just randomly placed around the correct town, since I couldn’t find exact addresses or coordinates. In any event it is always a good idea to call ahead, especially when visiting small wineries, for exact directions, and to make sure it’s a good time to stop by.

Kosher wineries have light blue markers. The yellow markers are for wineries for which I still need to find email addresses and/or phone numbers.

Google Maps limits the number of places that can be on one map page to about 200. Since there are some 225 wineries (so far) on the map it runs over to two pages. There’s a link to the second page at the bottom of the list on the panel at the left of the map. The second page has wineries that are more or less in the southern part of the country, though there is some overlap.

I have plans to add custom place markers to the map indicating which wineries have restaurants or cafés, and even which are organic or use organic grapes. I will be pleased to hear ideas for other improvements.

This map is an ongoing project, and its usefulness is a function of its accuracy, which is just my way of saying that I need everyone’s help to fill in the missing information and correct errors. Please send me information about:

  • Wineries that are missing from the map
  • Wineries that are listed but are no longer operating
  • Exact locations of wineries that are only approximately placed (GPS coordinates are good)
  • Incorrect or missing contact information or websites

You can send me information either by posting a comment here on the blog or by sending me an email at ydwinemap1[at]gmail[dot]com (apparently writing addresses like that makes it harder for spammers to find them).

Please distribute the link to anyone who might be interested. For convenience, I’ve created an easy to remember link: tinyurl.com/yossiswinemap.

Enjoy

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3 thoughts on “Wineries Map Finally Ready for Prime Time

  1. This is absolutely fantastic. You deserve all the kudos that can given you. Wonderful work yossi from israelwinetaster.com

  2. Hi Yosi,

    I started to write a blog entitled
    israelwinetaster
    Experience tasting wines produced in Israel
    (also on WordPress) about two months ago. I just discovered your blog and would like to list it on my blog roll. Also, if you think that it is appropriate, would you list my blog on your links list?

    Your work on the Google Wine Map should be recognized and acclaimed. I am now composing a post about it and will, obviously, have a link to the map from this blog post. How many total hours of work went into this effort. I, personally, thank you for your contribution to the success of Israeli wines.

    Sincerely yours,
    Dan Kovnat

  3. Shalom Yosi,

    The map is a great piece of work and it was badly needed; thank you so much.

    The next thing, and there are already enough of us in the wine business to achieve critical mass, is to get the Ministry of Agriculture to pass a law declaring Controlled Denomination Zones, Terroirs and all that is taken for granted not only in Europe, but even in the US, with California leading in the path; ditto BTW for Olive Oil, some of what is mislabeled as such deserves to put its producers (halevai) behind bars.

    Clearly, Israeli wine is a winner all over the world and the world is big enough to buy a lot more of it when it becomes available, hence the government should encourage new grape growers to join the industry instead of making it so hard to get the land and live the good life.

    I was not lucky enough to meet you last night at the Dan Panorama’s Daniel Rogov Testimonial Dinner (the wine was nice, but cookies and dry fruit left enough room for the great lamb chops that followed in Yafo…) so I am waiting for the next opportunity to enjoy the privilege.

    In the meantime, please share these links as much as you can to help me make KBS happen.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Mevo+Modiim,+Israel&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=46.495626,67.763672&vpsrc=0&t=h&z=15

    http://www.mykerem.com/blogs/pizzarebbe/kerem-bnei-shlomo-pizza-rebbe

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33831270184&ref=ts

    https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0Aa78n9B0TTqPZGtxY3FtM182MWRxM2ttc2hi&hl=en

    Best,

    EGO +972549806924

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